August 30, 2006
The state laws in question in this case are clear cut. Candidates for governor can take no more than $485,000 from PACs in a four-year election cycle. Congressman Green’s campaign for the state’s highest office has taken $667,545 from PACs. State law also says PACs that give to candidates for state office in Wisconsin must be registered in Wisconsin. Of Green’s PAC money, $467,845 was donated by PACs not registered in Wisconsin. Elections Board rule 1.395 says that money transferred from a federal campaign account to a state campaign committee can only be spent on a campaign for state office if the funds comply with all of Wisconsin’s campaign finance laws.